Who’s who at The Greek Writers Festival

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Michael Mohammed Ahmad

Dr Michael Mohammed Ahmad is the founder and director of Sweatshop: Western Sydney Literacy Movement
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Dina Amanatides

Dina Amanatides (OAM) is the doyenne of “first generation” Greek Australian literature.
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Tony Birch

Tony Birch is the acclaimed author of Ghost River, Shadowboxing and Blood. He is a frequent contribu
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Michelle Cahill

Michelle Cahill is an Australian writer of Indian origin. Her short stories, Letter to Pessoa won th
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Lella Carridi

Lella Cariddi is a writer, researcher, curator, installation artist, and Community Cultural Developm
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Effie Carr

Effie Carr is a Sydney lawyer and author. Her first book Stamatia X was published to acclaim in 2018
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Santo Cazzati

Santo Cazzati is a spoken word artist. The son of Italian immigrants to Australia, he emerged from p
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Anna Chatzinikolaou

Anna Chatzinikolaou has been teaching Greek at tertiary level (mainly at the University of Melbourne
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Dylan Coleman

Dylan is a Kokatha (Gugada) Aboriginal/Greek woman from the far west coast of South Australia. She i
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Andrea Demetriou

Andrea Demetriou is a poet, music performer, journalist and political activist. She was born in Cypr
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Konstandina Dounis

Dr Konstandina Dounis is an academic, author and literary translator. She conducted seminars on Gree
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John Englezos

John Englezos is a freelance photographer, a spoken word poet and Melbourne’s 2015 Poetry Slam Champ
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Christos Fifis

Dr. Christos Fifis teaches Greek Studies in the School of Historical and European Studies, La Trobe
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Gary Foley

Gary Edward Foley is an Australian Aboriginal Gumbainggir activist, academic, writer and actor. He i
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Tina Giannoukos

Tina Giannoukos has published two collections of poetry. Her second collection, Bull Days, was short
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Hariklia Heristanidis

Hariklia Heristanidis is a Melbourne-born writer. Her novella and short story collection, All Window
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Dmetri Kakmi

Dmetri Kakmi is a writer and editor. The fictionalised memoir Mother Land was shortlisted for the NS
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Dean Kalimniou

Dean Kalimniou is a Melbourne-born poet who writes his poetry in the Greek language while also being
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Fotis Kapetopoulos

Fotis at the Festival: Sat 7 Jun | Gary Foley and Fotis Kapetopoulos in conversation
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Vrasidas Karalis

Vrasidas Karalis is Sir Nicholas Laurantus Professor and Chair of Department for Modern Greek at the
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Maria Katsonis

Maria Katsonis is the author of The Good Greek Girl. She is also a weight lifter and a mental-health
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Will Kostakis

Personally, Will Kostakis is ready to catch a ball two seconds after it’s hit him in the face. Profe
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Alex Kostas

Alex is a Canadian-Australian writer who has published fiction, poetry, reviews, and essays both onl
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George Kouvaros

George Kouvaros is Professor of Film Studies in the School of the Arts and Media. Located at the int
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Hung Le

Hung Le, the world’s first, best and tallest Vietnamese comic guarantees to spin your mind, dazzle y
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Bella Li

Bella Li is the author of Argosy, which won the 2018 Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for Poetry a
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Tes Lyssiotis

Tes Lyssiotis is a playwright and theatre director. Lyssiotis has worked as a secondary school drama
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Kent MacCarter

Kent MacCarter is a writer and editor in Castlemaine, with his wife and son. He’s the author o
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George Megalogenis

George Megalogenis is a journalist, political commentator and author. His books include, The Longest
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Stavros Messinis

Stavros Messinis is a multi award-winning journalist, photographer and poet. He studied journalism,
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George Mouratidis

George Mouratidis is a Greek-born poet, translator and researcher. He has taught cultural studies at
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Helen Nikas

Helen Nikas is an academic and the publisher at Owl Publishing, an independent house that publishes
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Jim Pavlidis

Jim Pavlidis is an artist who has worked for The Age newspaper for over 25 years. He has held 20 sol
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Tom Petsinis

Tom Petsinis has published seven collections of poetry, including Four Quarters, which won the Wesle
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Hoa Pham

Hoa Pham is the award-winning author of seven books and a play so far. Her first adult novel Vixen (
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П. O.

П. O.  is a Greek-Australian, working class, anarchist poet. His work ranges from ‘conceptual&
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Krishnamurthy Prasad

Krishnamurthy Prasad is an Indian-born spoken word artist and performer whose work is based on decon
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Benjamin Theolonious Sanders (IQ)

Benjamin Theolonious Sanders (IQ) Is an expat American poet and former slam champion, educator, publ
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Alex Skovron

Alex Skovron was born in Poland in 1948, lived briefly in Israel, and came to Australia aged nine. H
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Thanasis Spilias

Thanasis at the Festival: Sat 8 Jun | Book Launch: Tom Petsinis’ Steles / Dimitris Troaditis Λ
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Ling Toong

Ling Toong’s poems have appeared in Cordite Poetry Review, Dash Literary Journal, the Quarterl
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Dimitris Troaditis

Dimitri Troaditis is working in the Greek-Australian media. He is been extensively pub-lished in Gre
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Maria Tumarkin

Maria Tumarkin is a writer, reviewer and essayist. She holds a PhD in cultural history and teaches c
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Lucy Van

Lucy Van writes about poetry and photography. She is a Melbourne Research Fellow at the School of Cu
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Chi Vu

Chi Vu is an award-winning writer and director whose works span genres such as the postcolonial goth
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Ouyang Yu

Ouyang Yu is a Chinese-Australian translator, academic and writer. His books include, New and Select
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Sista Zai Zanda

Sista Zai Zanda is a storyteller, educator and radio producer. She hosts and curates the Pan Afrikan
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Nick Tsiavos

Nick Tsiavos is a bassist and composer whose work operates at the intersections of a number of cultu
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Deborah Kayser

One of Australia’s most adventurous sopranos, Deborah Kayser’s music practices span the
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